About the Center

The Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center (ETHICx) – pronounced “ethics” — will advance ethics-in-technology-centered research, education, and engagement at the Georgia Institute of Technology in collaboration with communities, government, non-governmental organizations, and industry. The Center was launched by the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and the College of Computing with generous seed funding from the Ooffice of the Executive Vice President for Research.

ETHICx engages various stakeholders in systematic ethical analyses, decision-making techniques, and technology development processes centered around the societal impacts of research, education, and innovation. Research on social justice and technological change is also a major thrust of the Center’s mission. ETHICx will be a global resource for communities, corporations, educational institutions, governments, or technologists, who are grappling with complex ethical issues related to science and technology.

The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and the College of Computing have in-depth research and education experience addressing technology-related ethics questions. For instance, the School of Public Policy founded the Center for Ethics and Technology (CET) more than 12 years ago to foster a critical inquiry culture and deliberation about technology-related ethical issues. The activities of CET will continue as part of ETHICx. The College of Computing also has created thriving research and educational initiatives such as the Ethical AI professional development course and the Law, Policy, and Ethics Initiative for Machine Learning @ GATECH.

ETHICx will build on those strengths and position the Georgia Institute of Technology to become a leader in framing ethical concerns in technology, including fairness, accountability, transparency, social justice, and technological change.